If your kids’ bedrooms already resemble a fully-stocked aisle at Toys “R” Us, it can be tough to stomach the idea of adding even more to the mix. But, even if your kids have all the things they could possibly want, that doesn’t mean you have to give up on gift giving. Instead, give the gift of a unique experience that will make memories they’ll have long after the battery-operated toys have stopped working. Click through to see our favorite ideas.

Hotel Sleepover

Just staying the night in a hotel can be as fun as a full vacation when the hotel is made for kids. Look for a local spot that you can easily drive to and that features kid-friendly amenities, like a night in the Eloise Suite at the Plaza. Treat yourselves to room service, stay up late watching movies, and giggle all night like kids at a sleepover. Here are some of the coolest hotels for kids to help you find the perfect place.

photo: courtesy of The Plaza


What unique gifts have you given your kids that don’t necessarily fit inside a box? Share your ideas in the comments.

— Shahrzad Warkentin




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